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Medical device design for adolescent adherence and developmental goals: a case study of a cystic fibrosis physiotherapy device

Lang, Alexandra. R.; Martin, Jennifer L.; Sharples, Sarah; Crowe, John A.

Authors

Alexandra. R. Lang eexal2@nottingham.ac.uk

Jennifer L. Martin Jennifer.martin@nottingham.ac.uk

Sarah Sharples Sarah.Sharples@nottingham.ac.uk

John A. Crowe John.Crowe@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Purpose: This study investigates the psychosocial aspects of adolescent medical device use and the impact on adolescent adherence and goals for the transitional years between child and adulthood.

Patients and methods: Interviews were carried out with 20 adolescents with cystic fibrosis, investigating adolescent medical device use and experiences in relation to their personal and social lives and development through the adolescent years. The qualitative dataset was thematically examined using a content analysis method.

Results: The results show that adolescent users of medical technologies want their independence and capabilities to be respected. Adolescent adherence to medical device use was associated with short- and long-term motivations, where older adolescents were able to comprehend the longer-term benefits of use against short-term inconvenience more acutely than younger adolescents. It was suggested that medical devices could provide a tool for communication with families and clinicians and could support adolescents as they take responsibility for managing their condition. Themes of “fitting into teenage life” and “use in the community” were associated with adolescents' needs to form their own identity and have autonomy.

Conclusion: This study shows that adolescent needs regarding medical device use are complex. It provides evidence to suggest that devices designed inclusively for adolescents may lead to improved adherence and also facilitate transition through the adolescent years and achievement of adolescent goals.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2014
Journal Patient Preference and Adherence
Electronic ISSN 1177-889X
Publisher Dove Medical Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2014
Issue 8
APA6 Citation Lang, A. R., Martin, J. L., Sharples, S., & Crowe, J. A. (2014). Medical device design for adolescent adherence and developmental goals: a case study of a cystic fibrosis physiotherapy device. Patient Preference and Adherence, 2014(8), doi:10.2147/PPA.S59423
DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PPA.S59423
Publisher URL http://www.dovepress.com/medical-device-design-for-adolescent-adherence-and-developmental-goals-a16118
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0

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